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Dream Journal

Dream Journal

A Lesson by Violet Rose
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This lesson tells you how to remember your dreams and how to use a dream journal to defeat writer's block.

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Dream Journal

 

            The most important journal you can keep is a dream journal. If you don’t remember your dreams, you will after you keep a journal. There are several tricks to remembering your dreams if you don’t already. Some are obviously recommended. One is not (you’ll have to guess which one that is)

 

  • Drink a full glass of water before bed. In the middle of the night, you will likely wake in the middle of a dream sequence from your physical need. This interruption will allow you to remember the dream. Some people complain that all they dream about is trying to find a toilet. Either way, you’ve remembered a dream!
  • Tell yourself you will remember your dream. If you sleep for the recommended 6.5 hours or more, you have five dreams every night. If you tell yourself and convince yourself that you will remember your dream, you will remember at least one in the morning.
  • Keep your mind focused before you fall asleep. Try to keep one idea in your head. Think about a news story you heard this morning. Think about your significant other. Dream about future kids if you don’t have any. Think about what color you want to paint your bedroom if you’re really desperate. Just try to keep it focused and don’t stress. You might remember a dream about this subject when you wake up.
  • Stress yourself out as hard as you can when you’re awake. Really traumatize yourself. What would it be like to have the light in your bathroom swing into your shower when you’re occupying it? Did you leave the stove on? You have to be scared enough to remember it in your sleep. If you’re not suffering heart palpations, you’re not stressed enough.

 

Remember: When you wake up, never look out the window. Your memories of the dream will fly right out the window.

 

No matter how tired you may be, you have to write the dream down in your journal. The dream will quickly fade. The sands are seeping through your fingers. Write write write! Don’t worry about complete sentences. Dialogue is often the hardest to remember, so you might want to start with that.

 

Keep your journal near your bed with a working pen marking the next blank page. In the moments you waste looking for the journal, you will lose memories.

 

Your dreams can sometimes inspire you to write. Even the characters your mind creates can be used. Many best-selling authors say that their characters were created in their subconsciousness; their prime method of communication is through dreams.

 

Take note of reoccurring themes. Is there a particular dreamscape that you seem to return to often? Under what genre would you categorize your dreams? Are you dreams gloomy, scary, light-hearted or adventurous? These can be used to help spin a story.

 

NOTE: Do NOT stress yourself so you can remember your dreams.

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Posted 1 Month Ago


I enjoyed reading your lesson on this particular topic. I definitely need to try and do this. I am have never really tried it but I would like to remember at least one dream a night that I have.

Thank you, you have really helped me learn new ways to get back into writing like I used too.

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Posted 2 Years Ago


I should try that. I've done it before, with different advice. It didn't work, so with this advice, I should try again. Thanks! -Inky Blacket

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Posted 2 Years Ago


Brilliant advice, in fact my book I'm currently writing is based on a nightmare that I had which I wrote down in a notebook by my bed before going back to sleep.

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Posted 5 Years Ago


This is fantastic advice, dreams can be so vivid on many levels as to inspire writing. Sometime all you can remember from a dream is the mood and the emotions it inspired in you.

It is pretty much an accepted fact that once you start keeping a dream journal your mind will become better suited to holding on to details. It can be sad forgetting parts of dreams, it might be a piece or music or a person when that feeling you had within the dream was just so brilliant.

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Posted 5 Years Ago


I love to dream and I hate when I forget them. One night I dreamed a name that I absolutly loved and had never heard before and when I woke up... I forgot it. I was so sad so now I'm going to try some of these tips to help me not forget ;)

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Posted 5 Years Ago


I have a strange talent for remembering dreams. If you want to have a dream, don't go to bed when you are exhausted. I have at least one dream every night. Dreams are always creative, so they make great stories.

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Posted 6 Years Ago


I love the advice about not looking out the window when you wake up. Makes a lot of sense.

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Posted 6 Years Ago


I so ganna try those! thanks for the ideal!

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Posted 6 Years Ago


To remember a dream, possibly don't go to bed when you're exhausted. Go to bed when you're still well awake. Takes sometime to sleep, but thats how it works for me.

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Posted 6 Years Ago


I'll have to tr a dream journal.
I can never remember my dreams.

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